A Chris Smalling permanent transfer away from Manchester United was seemingly the aim of his loan move to AS Roma. Now, interest in the Englishman has arrived.
After a failed permanent transfer to the Rome-based club, further interest in Smalling has been generated from the Serie A; and there are no prizes for guessing which club.
Inter Milan have signed Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez from the Red Devils over the last twelve months. Now, they’re looking to make it four by adding Smalling to their ranks.
The story comes from SportMediaset, who state that Inter have identified the 30-year-old United man Smalling as a summer transfer target.
United have set a £22.5m (€25m) asking price, with most of that an upfront fee and a further £3m available in bonuses and add-ons. Apparently, Inter boss Antonio Conte is looking to match that asking price. He values Smalling’s ‘experience’ and ‘desire to be successful’.
Smalling was understandably ‘gutted’ to be leaving AS Roma, though a move to Italy may yet still happen.
Credit where it’s due, though, the Red Devils have done what was intended and raised Smalling’s transfer fee. It’s about time United became better when it came to selling players and this is certainly a good start.
Sad to see Smalling go?
I would be a bit, yeah. Smalling has been our best, most consistent defender in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. However, he’s not getting any younger and his value will never be this high again.
Sell him now as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly has no use for him in this squad. Why pay someone who is only a squad player a small fortune? Get him off the books and re-invest that money into the squad.
Hopefully, this deal will go through in the not too distant future and Inter can enjoy yet another one of our cast-offs.